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Queen's 2021 Birthday Honours

Posted on June 13, 2021 at 21:00 0 Comments

Congratulation go to the following on their appointments in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours:

• Commander of the Order of the British Empire: Susan Frances DOUGLAS, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Academy Trust, and Senior Adviser, Schools, British Council. For services to Education; High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

• Member of the Order of the British Empire:  Clive Anthony DOUGLAS, Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Boleyn Trust. For services to Education; London

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I received the following, which I have translated from French:

Comments: Hello,

I am contacting you, because, almost 200 years ago (July 16, 2021), Antoine Leclerc aka Milfort Tastanegy died on the property of friends in a small village in France, Villevallier (Yonne). He was born in Thin le Moutier (Ardennes-France).

In the meantime, this colorful character went to the USA for almost 20 years. He lived among the Creek Indians near Little Tennesse in Alabama, where…


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I have just stumbled upon a family tree of the pirate, Long John Silver. Whilst I know about many ne'erdowells amongst our extended family (see: ) the…


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I have just seen an advanced copy of the CDSNA newsletter - all 86 pages of it!

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The heart has always been important in Scottish history, but nowhere is it more important than in Douglas history.

In 1298 when Lord John Balliol died, his grieving widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway, had his preserved heart placed in an ivory casket which she then carried everywhere with her. When she died, she was laid to rest at Sweetheart Abbey clutching her husband's heart. That's not the only heart-wrenching tale though, Melrose Abbey was so beloved by Robert the Bruce that it was…


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At 18:03 on August 4, 2021, Steven Ray Douglas said…

Thanks for the information. I'll take a close look at it later this week to see what information I can use.

At 18:06 on July 30, 2021, Steven Ray Douglas said…

Hi William, 

Thanks so much for contacting me. 

William Douglas is my direct ancestor (6 generations). Here is what I know about him:


Born in 1796 in Morebatte, Roxburghshire, Scotland


Married Jan 27, 1822 to Margaret Robson (born 1799, death 12/41858)


Immigration in 1829. Ship Sarah.  Settled in Dehli, New York




Marget born 1824? (Christening 3/4/1824 Gateshaw, Morebattle, Scotland)

Jane born 1830 death 1910

James 3/25/1833 – 3/27/1906*

Elizabeth Ann born 1835

Isabella born 1837

William H born 1841


Residence in 1855: Meredith, Delaware, New York

Residence in 1865: Delhi, Delaware, New York


Death 2/14/1870 in Delhi, Delaware, New York


He's listed on the Douglas Archives website on the "Early Douglas Settlers in America" page. Third from the bottom.


I would love to find out more information about him and his parents, grandparents, etc. so I can learn more about my ancestors before they came to the United States.


*His son, James, is my direct ancestor (5 generations.) He married Rachel J Doolittle on 2/2/1856.

At 12:00 on June 14, 2021, Andrew Douglas said…

Thanks William I'll fill in what I know starting with George b1790.

George B 1790 Sparington Yorkshire D 1854 Sculcoates (Hull) M Mary Batty 1815.

John B 1750 Bubwith Yorkshire M Hannah Hare 1787

John B 1725 York M Mary Pearte 1746

Richard B 1696 D 1777 M Ellin Thakeray 1723

Henery B 1670 M Mary Wilkinson 

Thomas B 1640 D 1698

Thomas B 1610 M Dorithe Silversides 1639

John B 1580

William B 1550

 Most of the information from John B 1750 has come from Ancestry so I"m unable to confirm its accuracy.

Hope this is of some help.

Regards Andy


At 9:23 on June 14, 2021, Andrew Douglas said…

Good Morning William

Thank you for adding me to your group.

My branch of the Douglas family from Hull are descendants of my 3rd GGF George Douglas b1790 going further back to my 9th GGF Thomas b1610 married to Dorithe Silversides June 1639,his father was John b1580 and his father William 1550 they are all recorded as being baptised in York and that is all I know about them,we may have family connections from Leeds but I'm having difficulty finding any more information,I think It's fair to assume that we did originate from Scotland and I would really like to make that connection,any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Andy

At 20:49 on June 8, 2021, Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. said…

Thanks for your help William. It is good to hear from you again Regards

At 4:31 on June 2, 2021, Brian Edwin Hayes said…


Thank you for adding me to your group.

According to my sourced research and DNA matches, William Hogg b. 08 Oct 1769 Yetholm, Roxburgh is a 4th GGF of mine. According to my Ancestry research tree, his mother, Isobel Stephenson/Stevenson b. 1704 is the daughter of Elizabeth Douglas b. 1704, who is in turn the daughter of James Douglas b. 1682 Kelso, Roxburgh is possibly my 7th GGF. As this connection is unproven, other than Ancestry trees, I would like to be able to access more roust genealogy. David Elliott of Hawick recommended that I review your site as a way to access higher quality, sourced research.


Brian Hayes

Comox, British Columbia, Canada

At 5:24 on May 10, 2021, Christopher lloyd Douglas said…


Good Afternoon William,

The above word page is regarding Alexander Douglas 1585 to 1661. Will this work or do I need to do it long hand?


At 13:50 on February 5, 2021, Karen Douglas said…

hello, when I try to look at the link it goes to a weblink that says it is not secure. Any idea why that is? thanks

At 23:09 on January 28, 2021, Jan Douglas Elder said…

Thank you for the warm welcome, William.

Yes, I am finding Archibald to be a mystery which prompted me to do further research rather than rely on others for "facts." I have done a DNA test as well as my 97 year old aunt. She is my father's older sister. I often call to see what else she might remember. She has done much research over the years. When their father left them during the depression they became alienated from the family somehow. Her knowledge is limited and there is no one left to share. I will now begin researching  my great aunts and uncles and their descendants and try to work up from there. I believe many headed to the Midwest.

Our part of the Douglas's are from the Nashville, Tennessee area. My father Alfred Ewing (Jr) was the only son of Alfred Ewing Douglas (Sr) He also had two daughters, my aunts. We are many decedents coast to coast with several DNA tests...much to still unravel. I have my work cut out for me so any help is welcome and appreciated. I also need to learn to navigate your awesome website so patience please!


At 17:49 on December 22, 2020, John Band said…

The Spella House home of Percy and Mary (Band) Douglas is the one you have found in Lower Boddington.

Do you realise this might disappear in the HS2 construction?

sorry to have taken so long to reply - I haven't been to the "Douglas " site for years!

Best wishes, John.22.12.2020.



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Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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